Marta and I were ridiculously excited when Annie from Modern Chic and Shabby Events reached out to us with the idea of her Day of the Dead Wedding Inspiration Shoot. It was one of those ideas where the vendors seemed to fall into place. Everything that was made for this styled shoot was perfect for what we had in mind.
The Details Behind the Inspiration
All of the wedding vendors that worked on this Day of the Dead Wedding Inspiration shoot were from all sorts of backgrounds and ethnicities. We all had things that we wanted to leave our mark on, but Disney’s Coco was an important factor in all of this as well. It definitely helped form this styled shoot into a Disney’s Coco Wedding Inspiration Session.
“When coming up with this idea, we at Modern Chic & Shabby Events by Annie presented this project to two incredible photographers, Rudy & Marta Photography. I thought it was a bit “out there”, but we all thought it was a cool concept with a lot of meaning. So, we proceeded to create and design.
During the ceremony, when reciting your vows, in many traditions you will say “Till Death do us part”. My thought process when designing and creating this styled shoot, was that Death is another sure thing in life. A bit crazy in my thought process for this design, but it was created to showcase two for sure things, the Love for one another will never die! We decided to use a real-life couple as models to be able to perfectly and effortlessly channel the true love.
“Day of the Dead” (or “Dia de Los Muerto”) is predominately celebrated by many countries. Some will know it as just a Mexican tradition, but in fact, Spain, Italy and many central American countries consider this a tradition to their culture, to celebrate their loved ones who have perished and believed they will meet again.”
-Annie Muniz, Modern Chic and Shabby Events
Choosing the Venue for the Day of The Dead Shoot
When we met with Annie, we started brainstorming immediately about locations. There are so many beautiful wedding venues in Orlando, let alone the surrounding areas. Finding a place that was both colorful, but still beautiful with Hispanic roots was hard. It seemed like a no-brainer when we finally picked Mission Inn Resort.
Talking with the team there and putting things together was awesome! We ended up going with the Plaza de la Fontana for the majority of the shoot. It was windy, cloudy, and rainy. Not the best of conditions, but it worked out beautifully.
Photographing the Day of the Dead Wedding Inspiration
When everything was said and done, we were in a sea of beauty and color. There were so many details! Every turn, the colors were overwhelmingly gorgeous! As we started photographing the couple, details were being put into place by the awesome wedding vendor team.
The cake was out of this world amazing! This cake was perfect for our Day of the Dead Wedding Inspiration shoot, but the execution was at a whole other level. The design of this upside-down cake like no other. We sincerely loved the way everything came out.
“I have long admired the work of Frida Kahlo de Rivera and her husband, Diego Rivera. Through my research in coming up with a concept for this cake, I found myself scrolling through their life’s work. The passion that translates through both artists’ body of work was such an inspiration with the design of my cake. I wanted something different, something that speaks to the rich culture of Mexico.
The painted flowers were created by using royal icing. I left the icing thicker than I usually would because I wanted it to evoke the look of an oil painting in the folk art style of Frida Kahlo. I created a mold using a medallion found in a home store that reminded me of the beautiful hand-painted pottery found in Mexico. Then I added tiny hand sculpted and painted sugar skulls that also adorn the cake.
The history and tradition of Día de Muertos are so beautiful in the celebration of honoring the loved ones who have passed away. I was so moved during this shoot and honored to have been a part of this collective group of vendors who each are immensely talented!”
-Michelle Crawford, Bakers Cottage Cakes
Disney’s Coco Wedding Inspiration
When we were in the middle of planning everything for the styled shoot, one of us saw the trailer for Dinsey’s Coco and it just clicked. The inspiration fit the theme perfectly. We knew from the get-go that we wanted this to be a Day of the Dead Wedding Inspiration shoot, but things changed when we saw Coco.
What if we took the idea and made the styled shoot around Disney’s Coco Wedding Inspiration? It seemed too good to be true. In the end, we were able to make something amazing out of all the inspiration.
Our real couple brought real emotion to the styled shoot. From tears during the first look to the final-emotion filled portraits, we loved working with these two.
But seriously. Check out these wedding inspiration pictures. Are they not amazing?! Does this feel like a true Disney’s Coco Wedding Inspiration? Let us know in the comments!
Photography: Rudy & Marta Photography
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Brie & Brie
Reception Venue: Mission Inn Resort & Club
Event Planning: Modern Chic & Shabby Events
Floral: Orlando Flower Market
Stationery: Paper Dreams & Keepsakes
Wedding Cake: Bakers Cottage Cakes
Makeup: Before the Aisle
Paper Flowers: Kaleida’s Kraft
Candy Buffet: Florida Candy Buffets
Wedding Dress: Eve of Milady
Groom’s Attire: Creaciones de Lucy
Bridal Salon: Something New Bridal Boutique
Styling: Creaciones de Lucy